Councillor Sigismund Jacoby

Sigismund Jacoby served as a St Kilda City councillor from 1888-1914 and as Mayor from 1892-3, 1893-4, 1907-8 and 1908-9.

Sigismund Jacoby was born in Prussia in 1837 and migrated to Australia when he was 15 years old. He first settled in Hamilton, Victoria, where he started a business as well as serving as a councillor and mayor. He married Hannah Horwitz in 1869 and, with their children, the family moved to Melbourne in 1880 where he became the licensee of the Port Phillip Club Hotel. Under the management of Mr and Mrs Jacoby, the hotel was regarded by some guests as their city home and was the venue for some of the first Jewish religious services held in Melbourne.

By 1883, Jacoby was also running a successful business, the Wholesale Clothing Co. in Bourke St, including a branch in Clarendon St, South Melbourne. At this time, the family was living at St Vincent Place South in South Melbourne before moving to St Kilda and taking over the management of the Esplanade Hotel.

In 1888 Mr Jacoby was elected as a member of the St Kilda Council, and sat continuously until his retirement in 1914. In that time, he served as mayor four times. He was one of the original members of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works and served on the committee of management of the Alfred Hospital.

A reserve in West St Kilda is named in his honour.

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